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Past Events: Explore the Arts

  • The Kennedy Center 5th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Competition: Piano

    Fri., May 15, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    The fifth annual competition features exceptional female jazz pianists competing before a jury of internationally renowned musicians.

  • The Kennedy Center Theater Look-in: Ragtime

    Wed., Apr. 29, 2009, 5:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Join company members from Ragtime for an insider's look, complete with lively discussions and opportunities to ask questions of the artists!

  • The Kennedy Center Broadway Up Close and Personal: Sheldon Harnick

    Mon., Apr. 20, 2009, 7:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    In this special evening, join Tony Award–winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick for an intimate interview with ASCAP's Michael Kerker and live performances by special guests singing the best of Sheldon Harnick.

  • Ballet 360: The Great Ballets: The Sleeping Beauty

    Sun., Apr. 5, 2009, 2:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Back by popular demand! Performance Plus™ continues its in-depth look at ballet with some of the form's iconic works. Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses video of The Sleeping Beauty.

  • The Kennedy Center But Then, She's Betty Carter: Film & Discussion

    Sun., Mar. 29, 2009, 4:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Watch a screening of Michelle Parkerson's unforgettable portrait of legendary vocalist Betty Carter. A discussion with artists who shared the stage with Carter follows.

  • Master Class: Paul Taylor Dance Company

    Thu., Mar. 26, 2009, 7:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    This participatory class for adults (sorry, no observers allowed) is led by company members from the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

  • Master Class: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

    Mon., Mar. 23, 2009, 7:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    This participatory class for adults (sorry, no observers allowed), is led by company members from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

  • Shakespeare in the Arab World

    Sat., Mar. 7, 2009, 5:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    This discussion examines Arab-Islamic interpretations of Shakespeare and why the Bard's stories work so well within a cultural context so seemingly far removed.

  • A Taste of the Arab World

    Feb. 28 - Mar. 14, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    This three-part mini-immersion takes you on a culinary journey into the various regions of the Arab world, learning about the food, land, the people, and the culture of each region.

  • Open Rehearsal: American Ballet Theatre

    Tue., Feb. 17, 2009, 1:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Join dance scholars for an insider's look at American Ballet Theatre as the dancers prepare onstage for performances of Swan Lake and their mixed repertory program. 

  • The Kennedy Center Beyond the Baton with conductor Iván Fischer

    Sat., Feb. 7, 2009, 6:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Before National Symphony Orchestra Principal Conductor Iván Fischer's concert on Feb. 7, learn about his Bartók and Dvo?ák program and get his perspective on great music.

  • Master Class: Mark Morris Dance Group

    Sat., Jan. 31, 2009, 11:00 AM
    2008-2009 Season
    This participatory class for adults (sorry, no observers allowed) is led by company members from Mark Morris Dance Group.

  • The Kennedy Center A Great Day in Harlem: Film & Discussion

    Sun., Jan. 25, 2009, 4:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    In this fascinating documentary narrated by Quincy Jones, you'll learn the story behind the world's most celebrated jazz photograph. A Q&A with Benny Golson and Dr. John Edward Hasse follows.

  • Master Class: Limón Dance Company

    Sat., Jan. 17, 2009, 11:00 AM
    2008-2009 Season
    This participatory class for adults (sorry, no observers allowed) is led by company members from the Limón Dance Company.

  • Ballet 360: The Great Ballets: Swan Lake

    Sun., Jan. 11, 2009, 2:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Back by popular demand! Performance Plus™ continues its in-depth look at ballet with some of the form's iconic works. Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses video of Swan Lake.

  • The Kennedy Center Master Class: Merce Cunningham Dance Company

    Sat., Dec. 13, 2008, 11:00 AM
    2008-2009 Season
    This participatory class for adults (sorry, no observers allowed) is led by company members from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

  • The Kennedy Center Master Class: Martha Graham Dance Company

    Mon., Dec. 8, 2008, 7:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    This participatory class for adults (sorry, no observers allowed) is led by company members from the Martha Graham Dance Company.

  • The Kennedy Center Open Rehearsal: San Francisco Ballet

    Tue., Nov. 25, 2008, 1:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Join dance scholars for an insider's look at San Francisco Ballet as the dancers prepare onstage for performances of Giselle and a mixed repertory program.

  • The Kennedy Center Duke Ellington's Washington: Film & Discussion

    Sun., Nov. 23, 2008, 4:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    View a screening of Hedrick Smith's historical documentary, a dynamic blend of the music and pictures that illuminate both young Duke Ellington and the hometown that nurtured him. A discussion with members of DC's jazz community follows.

  • The Kennedy Center Living Jazz in DC, with Dr. Billy Taylor & Frank Wess

    Sat., Nov. 22, 2008, 4:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Join jazz luminaries Dr. Billy Taylor and Frank Wess as they share memories of growing up in the nation's capital, their musical coming of age, and the people and places that are indelibly linked to the world of jazz.

  • The Kennedy Center Cancelled: Theater Look-in: Frost/Nixon

    Wed., Nov. 19, 2008, 5:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Join company members from Frost/Nixon for an insider's look, complete with lively discussions and opportunities to ask questions of the artists!

  • Ballet 360: The Great Ballets: The Nutcracker

    Sun., Nov. 16, 2008, 2:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Back by popular demand! Performance Plus™ continues its in-depth look at ballet with some of the form's iconic works. Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses video of The Nutcracker.

  • The Kennedy Center Cancelled: Beyond the Baton with conductor Michael Christie

    Sat., Nov. 15, 2008, 6:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Before guest conductor Michael Christie's NSO concert on Nov. 15, learn about his NSO debut program that features works by Stravinsky and Bernstein and get his perspective on great music.

  • The Kennedy Center What to Listen for in Shostakovich, with Yvonne Caruthers

    Sun., Nov. 2, 2008, 4:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    To introduce you to Shostakovich's masterful string quartets, Nos. 9 through 15, and place them in context alongside the composer's other works, NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers presents a musical-visual lecture.

  • The Kennedy Center 13th Annual Multicultural Children's Book Festival

    Sat., Nov. 1, 2008, 12:00 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Celebrate Family Literacy Day and bring the entire family to meet your favorite authors, listen to celebrity book readings, and enjoy performances, participatory workshops, illustration demonstrations, and more.

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